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  • The problem with Sanctions

    The go-to solution for most politicians, sanctions come with a number of complications which limit their effectiveness.

    One shady operator provides glimpse of supply line to Iran

    By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
    October 21, 2012, 10:04 p.m.

    By then Frosch had moved to the United Arab Emirates, which has no extradition treaty with Austria and loose export control rules. Today, U.S. officials say, his Ajman-based International General Resourcing FZE sells banned electronics and other material to Tehran as part of a global maze of illicit suppliers, fly-by-night companies, crooked shipping agents and other corrupt officials in Iran's sanctions-busting schemes.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,5870781.story
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    While the odd smuggling organization can get contraband through, remember that it is only at massive prices and limited quantities in a nation of seventy five million people. Iran's economy is crashing and the rial is in free fall. Even a large scale operation like this is trying to put out a forest fire by spitting on it.

    There are tens of millions like Frosch in the world. You can never get them all.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    ...
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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